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Beltway Job Seekers Are Lying in Wait

Llewellyn King | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Llewellyn King

If one of the presidential hopefuls, with the exception of Hillary Clinton, wins the presidency, the first thing he will need is the telephone number ...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Republicans Overwhelmingly Think Their Party Was Justified In Opposing Loretta Lynch | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

Senate Republicans who opposed Loretta Lynch's nomination as attorney general lost the battle to keep her from being confirmed, but many Americans, in...

Reid's Nuclear Disarmament Meeting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An extraordinary meeting is taking place today, which all 100 senators have been invited to attend. This should really not be an extraordinary thing -- you'd think that all senators meeting together would just be an actual floor session in the Senate -- but it is because it's actually a political meeting, with the doors closed.

They Deserve an Up-or-Down Vote

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

DREAM Act kids? They deserve a vote. Judicial nominees? They deserve a vote. As long as the "they" being referenced are sympathetic to the vast majority of the American public, then the logic works.

Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel Filibuster Draws Cries Of Hypocrisy | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense is caught up in a Republican filibuster, the self-serving use of the tactic is...

Make Room for Latinos in the Cabinet

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics
Hector E. Sanchez

Yet in the midst of wonderful inaugural events spiced with Latino sabor, an underlying concern emerged -- what future will America see if we have zero Latinos serving in the Cabinet?

Why the Senate Should Confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

Brian Levin | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Aside from the political points Republican senators might score with their constituents by vocalizing disagreement with President Obama and obstructing his agenda, what do they hope to accomplish?

Congress in Contempt: Part 1

William S. Becker | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

We appear to be a masochistic electorate and Congress appears to count on it. Congress holds us in contempt. That's not likely to change until we impose the discipline upon it that it's unwilling to impose upon itself.

Michael McAuliff

Dems Duck Recess Fight With GOP As Elizabeth Warren Dangles | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Congress have called out the Democrats for a fight over recess -- but there are few signs the Democrats are going to show...

What I Learned While Shopping for a Presidential Appointment

Joan Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Garry

As I ventured through the biographies of Deputy and Assistant Deputies in government positions, I found lots of them were Family Research Council alumni. Your jaw dropped too, right?

Pritzker Saved Obama Much Embarrasssment By Bowing Out Of Commerce

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Pritzker did Obama, herself, and probably the thousands of other bilked homeowners who still blame her family bank for their misery, a favor by bowing out of Commerce. That is if indeed she did bow out.

Holder Could Be GOP Target

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Eric Holder's sterling credentials are one thing, but politics is another. A political appointment to a top spot is generally a pro forma affair; it may be anything but that with Holder.